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SMILING FACES CD
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On this album you'll hear the late great Charlie Waller plus Larry Sparks, Russel Moore, Dale Ann Bradley, Bobby Hicks, Daren Vincent, Laurie Lewis and many many more. Click the cover to see the liner notes.





 

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"KINDRED" CD RELEASE

 



I have always had a soft spot in my heart for the old numbers that I grew up with, and on this album I put together twelve of my favorites. Since I have been playing mostly Bluegrass music throughout my career it was natural to approach the music with instruments typically associated with this idiom. I have for a long time believed that a variety of European folk-based music styles would naturally fit the Bluegrass format, and in the spirit of exploration I recorded these tunes to see how the Swedish music would manifest itself with Bluegrass instrumentation".

 

This is what the The News and Observer, Raleigh, NC, had to say about Kindred-----

Jack Bernhardt, Correspondent
Jan Johansson and Friends, "Kindred" --3 Stars

Triangle bluegrass fans are well-acquainted with Jan Johansson, former fiddler with New Vintage and a popular music teacher steeped in the music of his native Sweden and that of Bill Monroe. On the self-produced CD "Kindred," Johansson adapts a dozen Swedish folk tunes to bluegrass instrumentation in a remarkable convergence of styles.

Leading the way on guitar, Johansson is joined by a trio of Triangle pickers: Ivan Rosenberg (resophonic guitar), Lindsey Tims (mandolin) and Rick Lassiter (bass). Their clever arrangements apply bluegrass flavors to a diverse menu of Old World tunes. The loping stride of "Epiphany March" ("Trettondagsmarschen"), the quickstep ramble of "Walking Tune from Granges" ("Ganglat Fran Gr…nges") and the old pub favorite "Fredman's Song No. 21" would fit comfortably in the repertoires of guitar greats Tony Rice and Doc Watson.

Hymns, marches, polkas and choral songs are beautifully transposed from Swedish to bluegrass voicings. Together, they illustrate the common sentiments of folk cultures from the Old and New Worlds, and the uncommon ability of Johansson to unite them in a seamless, cross-cultural blend. Order from www.janjohansson.net.com.

 

 

 

 

 


 Jan Johansson BIOGRAPHY

Fiddle, Mandolin, Mandola, Guitar, Mandocello, Bass, Banjolin

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Jan Johansson

Jan (pronounced “Yahn”) Johansson is well-known throughout the United States, Europe and Japan as an accomplished acoustic musician, producer, and music instructor. Jan was born in Skelleftea, Sweden in 1958 and began playing acoustic music at the age of 14.  By the time he was 18, Jan was playing guitar, fiddle, and mandolin.  At an early age, his passion for music developed into a love of the traditional and bluegrass music of the Blue Ridge Mountains. Jan is a person who embodies the spirit of this American-born genre of music. With that spirit and determination, Jan came to the United States in 1986 to fulfill his dream of playing traditional and bluegrass music.

Jan first lived in Asheville, North Carolina for two years, then moved to Cary, North Carolina. Before his full time teaching career, Jan was one of the early members of the New Vintage Bluegrass Band. New Vintage became one of the most popular bluegrass groups in the Southeast. They recorded several CDs and toured nationally and internationally. During the years that Jan performed with New Vintage (1992-1997), the band charted several songs on Bluegrass Unlimited’s Top 20 list, and in 1993 won top honors from the Society for the Preservation of Bluegrass Music in America (SPBGMA), and the Showdown Championship at the Pizza Hut International Bluegrass Finals. In 1994, New Vintage was nominated for Emerging Artist of the Year by the International Bluegrass Music Association.

Jan has played in a number of other accomplished bands, including the Pisgah Pickers with Jerry and Bryan Sutton, Roby Huffman and the Cutups and the Backsliders. Jan has also performed as a studio musician in the U.S. as well as Europe on numerous CD projects and commercial jingles, playing a variety of instruments. Lorraine Jordan’s popular Mandolin Rose CD project, as well as The Wells Family album On Destiny’s Road are two recording projects to which Jan has contributed.
Other artists he has recorded and preformed with is  Kenny Baker, Joe Isaacs, Tony Rice, J.D Crowe, , Bobby Hicks, Vassar Clements, Wayne Lewis, Frank Buchanan, Roland White, Mike Compton, Pat Enright, Sturat Duncan, Alan O'Bryant, Charlie Waller, Paul Brewster, David Grisman, Derwin Hinton, Gena Britt-Tew, Kenny and Amanda Smith, Laurie Lewis, Tom Rozum, Bill Evans, Honi Deaton, Kathy Kallick, Jim Nunally, Anna Lund, Kim Gardner, Darrin Vincent, Andy Leftwich, Lou Reid, Lorraine Jordan & Carolina Road, Josh Graves, John Hartord, Butch Robins & The International Bluegrass Band and many more.

Given that bluegrass songs often speak of love, it is fitting that Jan met his wife, Theresa Blue, at a bluegrass festival. Jan and Theresa were married in 1989. Theresa grew up listening to bluegrass in  Carthage, North Carolina, and has always supported Jan’s career in music. In 1997, Jan and Theresa made the decision to adopt two Russian children, both young girls. This transition from couple to family cemented Jan’s desire to become a teacher and studio musician. Upon discovering two of their oldest daughter’s siblings were awaiting adoption in Russia, Jan and Theresa began adoption procedures that would reunite the children.

Jan founded Johansson’s Acoustic Music Studio (JAMS) to provide music instruction for people of all age groups interested in bluegrass and other forms of acoustic music. Focused on one-on-one personal instruction, JAMS has taught hundreds of acoustic musicians in and around North Carolina in guitar, fiddle, mandolin, and bass. Jan encourages his students to share the music with people and organizations in their communities and often takes student groups to play at nursing homes and churches. His approach exemplifies his belief that music should be shared.
Many of his students have gone on to successful careers in music - Lindsey Tims, Emily Frantz, Lorraine Jordan, Dan Wells, Eden and Jade Wells, Samantha Casey, John Teer, Spencer Mobley, Evan Edwards, Scott McBride

 

For 4 years Jan performed as a band member for  Ira David Wood’s production of Charle’s Dickens  A Christmas Carol – an annual Holiday tradition for thousands of fans around the Raleigh area…

Jan also has continued working as a studio musician on various projects and has produced several solo CDs. His most recent solo project is entitled Kindred.  On this CD, Jan seamlessly blends the music of his homeland, Sweden, with the acoustic sound of bluegrass. His other projects have ranged from playing in the orchestra for the Raleigh Little Theater’s annual production of “A Christmas Carol,” to being a principal organizer and participant in “The Music of Bill Monroe,” a tribute to the father of bluegrass that was presented in August 2007 by Friends of Bluegrass, to accompanying Terrence Mann on some of his Broadway hits at the Koka Booth Amphitheatre at Regency Park in Cary.

In 2011  Julie Elkins and Jan Johansson – sometimes together with Lindsey Tims - saw a  busy performance schedule including a number of Christmas events such as Morehead Holiday Stars
2011 Concert Series and opening for John Cowan Band at The Rooster’s Wife in Aberdeen, NC.

In April 2012, Jan received additional recognition for his musical talent and contributions when he was inducted as a Kentucky Colonel. In July of 2012  Johansson made a 2 week tour of his native Sweden with Rick Lassiter, Lindsey Tims and Sofia Nornsäter. The ensemble - Johansson Homecoming Band - performed at venues From Näsville Bluegrass Festival in the south to Skellefteå in the north.
A collabaration with Irish vocalist Niall Toner is under way and the resulting performance are scheduled for mid-October in Raleigh and Chapel Hill.

In 1994 – at the World Of Bluegrass in Owensboro, Ky - Johansson suffered a heart attack and the resultant cardio-vascular problems eventually forced him to undergo a successful heart transplant at University of  North Carolina Hospitals at Chapel Hill, NC  in March of 2011. He has a passion to share the miraculous healing that was the heart transplant and is often given his testimony at various performances.
Johansson’s main musical passion is to compose music. Several of his originals can be heard on his youtube channel.
With an strong interest in the history of folk music – bluegrass in particular – Johansson is the host of the online radio show – The Old Numbers – a presentation of lesser known bluegrass artists from the 50:s – 70:s.

Jan’s interests include 20th century  history, reading biographies, mall walking and travel.  In 2011 he started a local history page on Facebook - Vi som växte upp i Ursviken – that focuses on the history of Ursviken – a community and old port near Skellefteå, Sweden.

 Jan’s Youtube link can be found below. Here you can experience different music projects he and his friends have been involved in.
http://www.youtube.com/channel/UCWNNhgPDWs_IWxCge9QWU4w/videos?view=1

 

 

HERE'S SOME JAN LINKS THAT MIGHT ALSO BE OF INTEREST...


THE OLD NUMBERS WITH HOST JAN JOHANSSON
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL7EB7B75D1049DB1E

MY OWN NUMBERS
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLB77A6E55A9DC6170&feature=view_all

MUSIC WITH FRIENDS AN NEIGHBORS
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5999623B6E0960B7&feature=view_all

STRINGFELLOWS ACCORDING TO TIM CLARK LIVE AT BARNES & NOBLE IN JUNE 2001
http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL5863CE5625F73DB6&feature=view_al

ELKINS & JOHANSSON W LINDSEY TIMS @ ROOSTER'S WIFE, ABERDEEN, NC, DECEMBER 30,2011
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBL90hHzpnk&list=PL97E013F0222AA007&feature=view_all

J D CROWE & NEW SOUTH W GUESTS TONY RICE, BOBBY HICKS AND JAN JOHANSSON @ BLUEGRASS FORST CLASS IN ASHEVILLE, NC FEB  24, 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JUf8EIsIoQg&list=PL028CB84CEA6ABECE&feature=view_all

BLUEGRASS TWIN FIDDLES FEATURING JAN JOHANSSON & BOBBY HICKS WITH JULIE ELKINS, SCOTT MCBRIDE, LINDSEY TIMS, DANNY KNIGHTEN, MARK ROSHELLI AND DAVE SAMPLER @ BOND PARK, CARY, NC, NOVEMBER 2008
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up1-jpk4rsA&list=PLA6B6F1971D82D6F0&feature=view_all

JOHANSSON-LASSITER-TIMS WITH SOFIA NORNSAETER -  CLIPS FROM VARIOUS VENUES IN SWEDEN JULY 1 - 15, 2012
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=up1-jpk4rsA&list=PLA6B6F1971D82D6F0&feature=view_all

Jan Johansson's  Music Store. Here you can purchase whole cd:s or singular mp3 files and even ringtones...
http://www.reverbnation.com/store/store/artist_1184791?item_type=music

SWEDISH RADIO INTERVIEW --- JULY 9, 2012
http://sverigesradio.se/sida/artikel.aspx?programid=4181&artikel=5184707